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1 Paving the way to Cultural Agility & Internationalisation of the Curriculum: International Faculty Perspectives Petros Kefalas IF Learning & Teaching Director

2 The profile of the IF Departments: 3 Research Centers: 1 Staff: 90 Academic: 38 Admin: 52 Students: 900 UG: 43% PGT: 57% PhD: 30 UG Programmes: 5 PGT Programmes: 9 Executive Prog: 1 Doctoral Programme In collaboration with TUOS since 1993 The 6 th Faculty of TUOS since 2009 IoC, October 2013

3 Distributed & Collaborative provision The profile of the IF Thessaloniki: 7 Bachelors 11 Masters Abroad: 1 Bachelor 10 Masters IoC, October 2013

4 The profile of the IF 30 Nationalities For Greece: 66% International For UK: 100% International IoC, October 2013

5 Given the specific profile of the Faculty, does this imply that internationalisation is achieved by default? Internationalisation in IF Gears are in place but we don’t know exactly how it works out. IoC, October 2013 The Antikythira mechanism

6 An extremely interesting region for a number of reasons The region of SEE cultures history ethnicities conflicts politics religions IoC, October 2013

7 Internationalisation is an emergent process that arises through the synergy of individual actions:  Each one contributes its share  Each one is not sufficient by itself to achieve it  The potential of all acting together is greater than the sum of individual actions … in the absence of definition … IoC, October 2013

8 … someone who sees the big picture and understands the importance of context …. experienced in working with clients, communities and partners outside the University … an active citizen who respects diversity and has the cultural agility to work in multinational settings Sheffield Graduate IoC, October 2013

9 Actions required by and also targeted to … IoC InstitutionStudentsStaff Programmes Other Activities IoC, October 2013

10 It works two ways International Local Outgoing Incoming IoC, October 2013

11 We apply the usual practices; most of them already discussed in this event. But we are going to focus on some that bring added value in our base and abroad. Actions in the IF IoC, October 2013

12 Brief description of action. Actions in the IF Interesting Notes for consideration/Discussion IoC, October 2013

13 Students from all cities where the MBA is delivered spend a week in Sheffield and a week in Thessaloniki. They engage in team building exercises, they visit industrial sites, they participate in social activities etc. Mono-cultural groups Note: delegates in MBA consider these as most valuable for networking IoC, October 2013

14 Mono-cultural groups UG Students in Sofia do 3 years in Bulgaria and the final 4 th year in Thessaloniki. In the meantime, Bulgarian students visit once or twice Thessaloniki for events, joining students at base. Note: Bulgarian students are not in favour of spending a year abroad. IoC, October 2013

15 Academic staff of IF fly over to different cities to participate in module delivery during the weekends in block teaching. Most of times give open talks to the public organised by local partners. IF staff visit other locations IoC, October 2013

16 Note: all those staff increase their cultural agility by observing the students behaviour in their home country. Staff bring back in base their understanding of the student culture and are more able to interpret the student behaviour when they study in Greece. IoC, October 2013 IF staff visit other locations

17 Lecturers of UK and EU Universities fly over to different cities to participate in module delivery during the weekends. These lecturers bring a more “western” European flavour into the programme. EU Visiting Lecturers Note: it took a while for those lecturers to adjust to an audience that is studying in its own country IoC, October 2013

18 Lecturers try to include international examples / case studies but at the same time refer to local ones, which look more familiar to students. Case studies Note: significant percentage of SEE students prefer to have only local case studies than international one because they see themselves tied in their country IoC, October 2013

19 We organised a summer school together with Management School and USE for students coming from EU institutions (UK, Russia, Greece, Netherlands etc) Summer Schools Note: dates, topic, engagement in class activities, attendance load and social programme seem to be the keys to a successful summer school. IoC, October 2013

20 Students have the opportunity to work in another (than their home) country during summer. The network of the IF in SEE makes this easier to implement. Internships Note: Greece is more popular among choices for the non-Greek students. Greek students rarely choose to go to another SEE country. IoC, October 2013

21 Students from Sheffield attended a (block teaching) module in one of the countries offered and gain credits. IF staff came to Sheffield for a week to teach on block teaching part of the modules. Mobility Note: restrictive only to few Departments. IoC, October 2013

22 There are modules in Communication aspects in which students act as interviewers or peer assessors in mock interviews. Course on Communication Note: very interesting to see what assessment criteria each ethnic group of students apply to assess fellow students. IoC, October 2013

23 In group projects, teams are formed by lecturers by selecting students from different nationalities. Small group tutorials Interactive Lectures Working in multi-national teams Note: not very popular among students who might prefer peers who speak the same language. IoC, October 2013

24 An event is organised by the IF, where the students attend personal development seminars on interviewing, CV writing, career paths etc. We organise mock and real interviews for all students willing to work in Greece and elsewhere. Career Days Note: Many students ignore the opportunity to us elements from the Sheffield Graduate attributes IoC, October 2013

25 We use a number of new tools for on- line collaboration and work sharing as a routine procedure in several modules. Use of contemporary IT Note: although familiar with modern tools and social media, getting to know how these could enhance international collaboration could take a while. IoC, October 2013

26 Modules like “Making Ideas Happen” or “Industrial Projects” with a real client, offer excellent chance for student to engage with culture of the business and community. Community Projects Note: it is interesting to see how students struggle to get the grasp of the project, especially if this is concerned with a social problem in the country of study. IoC, October 2013

27 Activities outside the classroom by organising groups of international students carrying out projects for the community. Community of Learning Note: People in this region have not been cultivated in volunteering. It is a challenge to motivate them and “infuse” the culture. IoC, October 2013

28 A Student Spring Symposium (an interdisciplinary forum) is organised by students for students. They gain a lot by cooperating in preparing the event. Conferences Note: few students from Sheffield participated in S 3 already (a couple by presenting on-line). We need to disseminate the event further. IoC, October 2013

29 In SEERC Doctoral Conference, PhD candidates from various Universities of the SEE region present preliminary and final findings of their research. Conferences Note: interesting to observe what constitutes “original” research finding in some countries of the region. IoC, October 2013

30 SEERC, the South-East European Research Center, conducts regional and international funded research projects. International Research Note: experience acquired is again brought back to teaching & learning, through case studies, reports, etc. IoC, October 2013

31 IF Vision IoC, October 2013

32 The International Faculty contributes to the Internationalisation Strategy of the University. We welcome any proposals that could facilitate IoC for other Faculties and Departments. The IF within TUOS IoC, October 2013 What’s next?


34 We Shape the Future Together Thank you!

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